Centerville Mother Charged in Death of Infant Son

By Jason Van Arkel, May 22, 2019

A Centerville woman was arrested Tuesday night after the death of her infant son.

Centerville police say 30-year-old Brittany Keller has been charged with child endangerment causing death. Keller also faces charges of possessing a controlled substance, and possessing marijuana.

Police responded to a 911 call at Keller’s Centerville home early Tuesday evening, and arrived to find Keller on her kitchen floor, trying to perform chest compressions on her 10-month-old son. Officers began CPR on the baby, and transported him to MercyOne Centerville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

Keller told police she had been preparing a bath for the child and his two-year-old sister, and that she left the bathroom for less than five minutes to gather bath supplies. She claimed the drain plug was not in when she left the water running, but when she returned, the baby was face down in water with his sister on top of him.

If convicted of child endangerment resulting in death, Keller faces up to 25 years in prison. Both of the drug charges are misdemeanors. Police searched the house, finding small amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana, some of which was in a pace where the children could have gotten to it. Police say Keller admitted to smoking marijuana on Monday, one day before her son’s death.

 

Facebook Comments

Weather

Ottumwa, IA weather